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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur aka Monster Kody Scott

Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member is about the events of the life of young man who is a Crip from Eight Tray Gangster.

At the young age of eleven, Kody Scott joined the Los Angeles gang the Crips, to be more specific, Eight Tray Gangster. Slowly but ...
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member is about the events of the life of young man who is a Crip from Eight Tray Gangster.

At the young age of eleven, Kody Scott joined the Los Angeles gang the Crips, to be more specific, Eight Tray Gangster. Slowly but surely, Kody transforms from an eleven year old boy, to a brutally powerful gang member who gets involved with drugs and feels nervous without a gun. He is thrown in jail and shot at much of his lifetime, only to come back with even more hatred to anyone, or anything, that threatened his set. He had the reputation to brutally murder others that sometimes repulsed even his fellow gang members. This earned him the name Monster. Later, he meets a Muslim priest named Muhammad who inspires him to change his ways. He learns about the oppressed and with the help of the CCO, Consolidated Crip Organization, furthered his studies of knowledge and heritage.

Sanyika Shakur's book gives insight to the reality of the gang world and how it hypnotizes the minds of our youth.

This is a must read for teens and young adults. Monster makes you really understand the lifestyles of the gang world and revolutionaries.

This book is an eye opener to the dramatic events happing in the streets which we have thus tried to shy away from as a society. By reading this book, we can further understand the reality of gang life and what fuels the young minds joining the gang world, trying to become an "O.G." I truly hope that this book will teach those wishing to join the gang life the dangers and consequences of their actions. Maybe one day we will see rival gang members finally getting along.

posted by MrDubVee2 on April 17, 2009

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Trick Or Treat?

Trick or Treat? I'd say trick, you remember those kids that came to the door trying to be bad in their costumes. This is what this book is. As a gang unit Police Sargeant I can tell you this book is mythological. The type of fairy tells used in gang recruiting. If this ...
Trick or Treat? I'd say trick, you remember those kids that came to the door trying to be bad in their costumes. This is what this book is. As a gang unit Police Sargeant I can tell you this book is mythological. The type of fairy tells used in gang recruiting. If this man's body count is true, somewhere around a combat Navy Seal Unit, we would have him arrested for P.C. 187. (Their is no statue of limitations on these crimes.) This is a good book for one reason only, it shows the young what not to be and how lost the young can be with out the right influences. The character's ghost writer fails to make any points and it has no take away or conclusions. This book glorifies gang violence for the sake of glorifying violence. A good book for the young to see what confusion rests in the minds of those with no mentors.

posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Truly eye opening...

    I first read this book when I was a sophmore in high school, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find this book in my school library, with parents wanting to censor so many different books. I have to say that now at 23 with two children of my own I would encourage them both to read this book. I live in a city where street life and being a 'man' are one in the same in the minds of the youth and being a thug is such a glorified thing. I find this book to be raw, real, and some of the details quite gory. But, i'm glad they are, this book serves as an eye opener to any young man or women who is thinking of making the stupid and dangerous choice of living this lifestyle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Gangs destroy lives of innocent people

    Monster is a good book that teaches us how gangs can destroy lives of the people. This book shows it's great peace of writing by Shakur that shines a light on the dark life of gang banging. There is a lot to learn from this book. This book teaches young and old individuals about the consequences of gang banging. Gangs destro the life of the ionnocent people, because there are people who get killed in gang wars that have nothing to do with gangs.this book takes us inside the prison. It shows how gangs carry out while in prison. Its amazing the there are people who do not learn after spending life in jail. The book shows how a person can create a gap between his relationship with his family while in a gang. This book also shows that gangs lead to either death or prison. People in gang have no life to live. They live with the fear of death. Gangs are not the way life should be lived. Life is too short to destroy, so live it up, enjoy every second of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    Really Interesting

    The book Monster was very interesting and thrilling. Most likely I will read it again and maybe find something I missed the first time. I totally recommend this book to other people if one likes reading about gangs and what they do. Just to let people know there is a whole lot of killing and foul language and, last but not least enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Informative read

    This book is very entertaining. I considered this book to be action, suspense. As I read this book became more addictive. This book covers L.A. gangs and how they effect each other and the city. Kody Scott 'Monster' is a very inspirational character. He shows how a ruthless can become a leader and find religion. The author also gives very good insight to how a gang members mind operates. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that may be confused with their purpose in life, or considering gang activity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    eye opening autobiography

    Monster: 'The autobiography of a L.A. gang member' is very insightful to a world that not many see. This book helps you to see what really goes on in the streets. What is truly great about this book is that you are hearing stories from someone who has lived the life, no somebody pretending. So over all, good book Shakur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    The best book I've ever read

    It was very truthful and honestly Shocking for me to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2001

    I Read It Twice

    This book was disturbing, heart wrenching, terrifying and one of the best books I've ever read in my life. It was so good, I used to dream about Monster Kody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    I was appauled, saddened, then hopeful

    Through videos, radio, T.V. and movies, many of our children are being raised in a society that falsely protrays gangsterism as glamorus. Sanyka Shakur's book clearly shows that it is not and should be required reading for our adolcents. I was horrified by the acts of total inhumanity of Shakur's life as a gangbanger, 'Monster' was definately a name deserving of someone who could commit such acts against another human. However I was glad that he made the decision to turn his life around. Although he cannot undo the horrindous acts of the past, he can enlighten others and prevent others from taking this path in the future. For this reason I am hopeful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    Monster?????????

    Sanyika did a great job bringing us into his world of gangsterism. His book made me cringe but it also opened my eyes to gangs. His change showed real strength, in a world that condemns any thing opposing their destructive leadership.A must read for everyone.

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